Fowler approaching another PGA Tour win
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 Zurich Classic of New Orleans | Preview | 23 Apr 2014
The PGA Tour heads south and west to New Orleans for this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the TPC of Louisiana where Billy Horschel will attempt to defend the title he won last year by one shot over D.A. Points, a last round of 64 completing a brilliant weekend after what had been a slow start for him.
Horschel’s form in 2014 is well below the level he was at prior to the event last year when he arrived in New Orleans off the back of a run of three consecutive top tens. In 2014 he has not recorded a top ten in his last ten starts so it will be interesting to see if he can bounce back on a golf course which contains good memories.
Justin Rose is the leading world ranked player in the field and will play the event for the 9th occasion although he has only two top tens in that time. Six of his last eight rounds at this venue have however been in the 60’s and although his form has been a little mixed this season he is the class act in the line-up and will start as the favourite.
Rickie Fowler seems to be coming to terms with the changes to his golf swing as his 5th place at Augusta and 6th place finish in Houston would suggest. Fowler has a best of 10th in three starts in this event and has made the cut each time so his chances of winning his first event since the Wells Fargo two years ago appear very good.
Keegan Bradley was disappointing when missing the cut at Augusta National as his form prior had been quite good. The concern for Bradley is a very poor record in the event, missing the cut on two of the three occasions he has played.
Ryan Palmer is playing very well this season having four top ten finishes in seven starts and two of those as runner-up. Palmer has made all but one of the cuts he has played in this event and two years ago finished 4th. he might well be one for slightly longer odds.
Patrick Reed has won twice this season including the WGC Cadillac event and, although his last two or three events have not been quite so good, if he is a good as he says he is then he has a chance. He has played this event twice for a missed cut last year and a 26th place in 2012 but he is a much better player now.
The Australians in the field are headed ranking wise by John Senden while Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby and Geoff Ogilvy all had better weeks last week at Hilton Head.
Scott Gardiner, Bronson La Cassie and tournament invite, Brady Watt, are other Australians in the field and Greg Chalmers is listed as a starter although he was forced to withdraw last week and his participation remains to be seen.